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Delgado awards diplomas to 764 at spring commencement

Delgado Community College honored 764 graduating students Tuesday during its spring commencement exercises in the Sen. Nat G. Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena. Dr. Kathleen Curphy, vice chancellor for academic affairs at Delgado Community College, presided over the exercises. She was joined in presenting the graduates and faculty by Shelly Tyler, president of the Delgado Faculty Senate. Dr.… Continue reading →

Gayle Benson tells graduates that life will always be difficult — but it’s manageable with a steady faith

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Chairmen of the Board of Regents, Kyle France, chats with commencement speaker, Gayle Benson on stage at the Our Lady of Holy Cross College commencement ceremony at Alario Center in Westwego on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Offering up her two previous failed marriages as examples, but not mentioning the bitter legal dispute her husband is engaged in with his daughter and grandchildren, Gayle Benson told young people graduating from Our Lady of Holy Cross College on Sunday that life guarantees this much: many kinds of hardships. But their purpose is… Continue reading →

Maya Rudolph tells Tulane graduates to work hard and be nice to jerks

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Sabrina Rudolph, center, the cousin of comedian Maya Rudolph, who gave the commencement speech, second lines as balloons and confetti is released in the Superdome for the 2015 class of Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Saturday, May 16, 2015. Maya's father, Richard "Dick" Rudolph, graduated from Tulane in 1968.

Tulane University’s commencement on Saturday was a milestone for its 2,800 graduates and for new President Michael Fitts, who stepped to the lectern to preside over his first Tulane commencement at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But first, before the business of the day began, he introduced a version of the hymn… Continue reading →

More than 900 grads to receive degrees from UNO

More than 900 graduates will participate in the University of New Orleans spring commencement Friday at 3 p.m. in the Lakefront Arena. New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans President Dennis Lauscha will serve as the principal speaker. The University will present an honorary doctorate to Gordon “Nick” Mueller, the president and CEO of the National World War… Continue reading →

LSUHSC graduates new workforce members

Students from LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans’ six professional health schools graduated during its 141st commencement on Thursday at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena. Graduates include students from LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans’ schools of Allied Health Professions, Nursing, Public Health, Graduate Studies, Dentistry and Medicine. Dr. Larry H. Hollier,… Continue reading →

Xavier names C. Reynold Verret, provost at Savannah State, as next president

C. Reynold Verret

Xavier University announced Thursday that C. Reynold Verret, the provost and chief academic officer at Savannah State University in Georgia, will become its next president. He will succeed Norman Francis, who will retire next month after 47 years at the helm of the historically black Catholic university. Verret, 60, is… Continue reading →

Ira Thomas, former Orleans Parish School Board member, pleads guilty in bribery case

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Ira Thomas, an Orleans Parish School Board member who resigned his seat last week after being charged by the United States Attorney Office with taking a bribe, leaves the Federal Courthouse

Ira Thomas, who resigned from the Orleans Parish School Board after being indicted in March, appeared in a federal courtroom Wednesday and formally admitted accepting a bribe in exchange for fixing a janitorial contract at the school district. Thomas entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan, answering the judge’s questions in… Continue reading →

Poll finds support, if not top marks, for New Orleans charter schools

Most local residents feel the city’s independent charter schools have improved public education in New Orleans, according to a joint poll conducted by Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives and The New Orleans Advocate. Yet only 21 percent of respondents said they would give New Orleans schools overall a grade of A or… Continue reading →

Tulane University wins initial approval to demolish former Newcomb building making way for expanded dining hall

Tulane University’s plan to tear down the former home of the Newcomb College Institute to make way for an expansion of its dining hall has received initial approval from city officials. Tulane first asked the city for permission to tear down the building in May 2014. It got a split vote from the Neighborhood Conservation District… Continue reading →

Norman Francis presides over his last commencement at Xavier University

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Presiding over his final graduation ceremony, Xavier University President Dr. Norman C. Francis jokes with former NBA basketball champion Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who is now part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and other sports franchises and a string of movie theaters, in Xavier's Convocation Center in New Orleans, La. Saturday, May 9, 2015. Francis is the longest serving president of a university in the nation  having held the position in the nation's only Catholic and historically black university for 47 years and having served the school in other positions for 60 years. Johnson was one of four to receive honorary degrees during the ceremony including former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Vartan Gregorian, the head of the philanthropic Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Eric Holder, bottom left, the first African-American U.S. Attorney General from Feb 2009-April 2015. Sitting next to Holder is Dr. Kathleen B. Kennedy, Dean of Xaiver's College of Pharmacy.

Retiring Xavier University President Norman Francis wants his legacy to live on through students like DeVon Arandus Pruitt, a 2015 graduate who received a bachelor’s degree on Saturday because of scholarships he landed at Xavier. Nothing takes the place of such financial help, Francis said after the ceremony as he talked about the endowed scholarship fund… Continue reading →

See the list: 564 earn degrees at Xavier commencement

During Xavier University of Louisiana’s 88th annual commencement on Saturday , 564 graduates will receive their degrees at the XU Convocation Center. Honorary degrees also will be presented during the ceremony to former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu; Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; and basketball legend and… Continue reading →

See the list: Loyola University recognizes 1,011 degree candidates

Loyola University New Orleans will recognize 1,011 degree candidates at its commencement ceremony at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, celebrated for his Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting with Carl Bernstein on the notorious Watergate scandal in the 1970s, will address the class of 2015 during Loyola University New Orleans’ spring commencement ceremony at 9:45 a.m. Saturday… Continue reading →

See the list: 218 graduates earn degrees from Dillard

Dillard University will award degrees to 218 students during commencement ceremonies Saturday on the university’s renowned Avenue of the Oaks. Denzel Washington will deliver the keynote address. The valedictorian is Ariel Lucius, and the salutatorian is Dannielle Thomas. A list of graduates follows:… Continue reading →

Black students still arrested at higher rates in Jefferson Parish, group claims

Three years after the U.S. Department of Education began investigating why a disproportionately high number of African-American students had been arrested for minor rule violations in the Jefferson Parish Public School System, the situation has gotten even worse, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a federal complaint filed this week. The complaint supplements… Continue reading →

Notre Dame Seminary confers degrees on graduates

Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology, founded in 1923, will hold its 66th commencement exercises on Wednesday in the Archbishop Francis B. Schulte Auditorium on the school’s grounds followed by a reception. An honorary degree of Doctor of Letters will be presented to Sister Janet Claire Bodin, MSC, and the Rev. Donald J. Martin, SJ., Ph.D.… Continue reading →

Treme school closing a month early after losing its charter

Last week marked the beginning of the end at soon-to-close Lagniappe Academies in New Orleans. The Treme school began dismissing its 177 students early for the remainder of the school year, which will unexpectedly end a month early. The 5-year-old charter school had planned to educate students until June 4, but the youngsters’ new last day… Continue reading →

Delgado Community College breaks ground on new $7 million building project

Rendering provided by Delgado Community College -- Delgado Maritime and Industrial Training Center. ORG XMIT: znZlr_ZbzlAQLAlTywHw

Delgado Community College broke ground Friday on a new Delgado Maritime and Industrial Training Center. The 18,750-square-foot building, designed by Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects, will replace the former facility on Old Gentilly Road, near the NASA Michoud complex. The $7 million project is being funded by state bonds. Like the existing facility, the new one… Continue reading →

John McDonogh High building to go to Bricolage, elementary school charter operator

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Students leave John McDonogh High School in New Orleans, La. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

A relatively new charter school operator in New Orleans will take over the old John McDonogh High School building, turning the Esplanade Avenue campus into an elementary and middle school when it reopens in three years after a full renovation. State officials said Wednesday that Bricolage Academy, which opened with an initial class of kindergartners two… Continue reading →

Jefferson schools superintendent’s proposed contract drawn up without whole School Board’s input, 2 members say

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Superintendent, Jefferson Parish school system, Isaac Joseph. Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

UPDATE, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 7:15 p.m.: The School Board unanimously approved a contract paying new superintendent Isaac Joseph an annual salary of $200,000 for a term beginning May 1 and running through Dec. 31, 2016. That had been amended from a contract originally proposed for Joseph on Tuesday, which was for an annual salary of $230,000 and… Continue reading →